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Federal Court Upholds Bulk Of Gun-Control Laws Passed In Wake Of Newtown

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 19/10/2015 Cristian Farias
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A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the core of gun-control legislation passed in Connecticut and New York in the wake of the school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The ruling dealt a blow to the various gun groups that mounted a constitutional challenge under the Second Amendment against the laws, which prohibit possession of a number of semiautomatic "assault weapons" and large-capacity magazines. 

In a small nod to gun-rights groups, the appellate court did rule that New York's ban on weapons "containing more than seven rounds of ammunition" and Connecticut's prohibition on the Remington 7615, a type of non-semiautomatic, "pump action" rifle, were unconstitutional. 

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